Ex-49ers mythological receiver Dwight Clark diagnosed with ALS
Dwight Clark, a former 49ers star best famous for his leaping TD locate that won a NFC Championship Game in 1982, says he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He disclosed his diagnosis of a disease, also famous as amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, Sunday in a matter posted on a website of former 49ers owners Ed DeBartolo Jr.
“In Sep of 2015, we started feeling debility in my left hand,” Clark wrote. “I was softly profitable courtesy to it given since my personification days, I’ve constantly had pain in my neck. we was meditative it was associated to some kind of haughtiness repairs given it would only come and go.
“After months of tests and treatment, we got some bad news,” he continued. “I was diagnosed with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis. we have ALS, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those difference are still really tough for me to say.”
Clark pronounced he doesn’t know if personification football caused a illness though he suspects that is a case. ALS has in new years been related to ongoing dire encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative mind illness that studies have related to athletes and others with a story of repeated mind trauma, including concussions.
“I’ve been asked if personification football caused this,” Clark wrote. “I don’t know for sure. But we positively think it did. And we inspire a NFLPA and a NFL to continue operative together in their efforts to make a diversion of football safer, generally as it relates to conduct trauma.”
The 60-year-old Clark says he has also mislaid poignant strength in his right hand, midsection, reduce behind and right leg and says he “can’t run, play golf or travel any distances” and that “picking adult anything over 30 pounds is a chore.” He adds “that a illness seems to be surpassing some-more solemnly than in some patients.”
Several of Clark’s former 49ers colleagues and teammates issued statements to demonstrate their unhappiness during Clark’s diagnosis.
“Jennifer and we are saddened by a diagnosis of Dwight,” Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, who played with Clark from 1979-87, pronounced in a statement. “This is a formidable time for Dwight, Kelly and all of us who adore him. He is family, and in a continual thoughts and prayers. We wish a open will be responsive of Dwight’s enterprise for privacy.”
DeBartolo also released a matter of magnetism after Sunday that read: “Dwight has been an constituent partial of my family’s life for decades. We are positively devastated. We vouch to do all in a energy to support Dwight and Kelly and assistance them quarrel this terrible disease.”
Hall of Fame far-reaching receiver Jerry Rice also offering his magnetism for his former 49ers teammate.
“DC has finished so most for me as a actor and friend,” Rice wrote in a statement. “My rookie year he showed me how to run that out route! We know him for a locate though he’s a good particular who cares about people. Please urge for him Faithful by this adversity!!! we adore a guy!!!!”
Also on Sunday, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took to Instagram in support of Clark after his announcement.
Here in Chicago during a designation show. Ran into longtime crony DWIGHT CLARK of a 49ers. Pure category and pang from ALS. we had a good speak with him and what a good opinion he has. Praying for we friend and he needs everybody out there to contend a urge for him also. ????????????
A post common by Jim Kelly (@jimkelly1212) on Mar 19, 2017 during 1:54pm PDT
Clark is best remembered for The Catch, a Montana-to-Clark game-winning touchdown tie with 51 seconds remaining in a 49ers’ 28-27 NFC Championship Game feat over a Dallas Cowboys in Jan 1982 that sent a 49ers to their initial Super Bowl. It kick-started a dynasty for a authorization and was respected as a No. 1 play ever during a 49ers’ final regular-season home diversion during iconic Candlestick Park in 2013.